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Pelosi eyes another round of checks to families before tackling infrastructure
Pelosi eyes another round of checks to families before tackling infrastructure

The speaker said with coronavirus moving quickly across the U.S. communities "can't afford to wait"

'New York Is in Crisis': Cuomo Pleads for Help as State Suffers Worst Single-Day Death Toll

More people in New York State have died in the last 24 hours than in most of March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday-but the Empire State, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., is still struggling to find enough medical equipment to combat the pandemic."The curve continues to go up," Cuomo said at a Friday briefing in Albany, adding that, in the last day, the state saw its "highest single increase in the number of deaths since we started." "New York is in crisis," he said. "Help New York."More than 2,935 people have died and 102,863 people have been infected with the virus in New York State, marking 562 deaths in a single day on Thursday. The state's death toll has...

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Italy's daily tally of coronavirus deaths and cases steady, with 766 new deaths

The death toll from an outbreak of the coronavirus in Italy has climbed by 766 to 14,681, the Civil Protection Agency said on Friday, marginally higher than the daily tally of 760 fatalities registered a day earlier. The number of new cases was slightly lower, growing by 4,585 from a previous 4,668, bringing total infections since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 to 119,827. Friday was the fifth consecutive day in which the number of new cases remained within a range of 4,050-4,782, confirming government hopes that the epidemic has hit a plateau, ahead of an expected decline in the near future.

Mexico murder rate reaches new high as violence rages amid Covid-19 spread
Mexico murder rate reaches new high as violence rages amid Covid-19 spread

* March sees 2,585 homicides - highest monthly figure on record * Mexico tries to pour resources into containing coronavirusMexico's homicide rate raced to a new record in March, as violence raged even as Covid-19 spread across the country and authorities urged the population to stay home and practise social distancing.Mexico registered 2,585 homicides in March - the highest monthly figure since records began in 1997 - putting 2020 on track to break last year's record total for murders.The surge in killings comes as federal and state officials put resources into containing the Covid-19 crisis and confront the prospect of an already sluggish economy falling even further - potentially...

People in Laredo, Texas, could be fined up to $1,000 if they don
People in Laredo, Texas, could be fined up to $1,000 if they don't wear a mask or a bandana to cover their face during the coronavirus pandemic

A mask shortage and limited scientific evidence on mask effectiveness have health experts debating who should be using protective gear.

Democrats Postpone Nominating Convention to August

(Bloomberg) -- The Democratic National Committee on Thursday postponed its presidential nominating convention from July to Aug. 17 due to concerns about the coronavirus.The delay comes after likely presidential nominee Joe Biden said the convention should be pushed back for safety."I have always believed

Putin replaces head of remote Russian region after coronavirus outbreak

Russian President Vladimir Putin replaced the head of a remote northern region on Thursday soon after a preliminary investigation was launched to check if more than 50 people in a local hospital had been infected by a doctor. Russia's Komi republic, 1,000 km (620 miles) northeast of Moscow, has

New financial disclosure shows Sen. Kelly Loeffler invested in firm that makes personal protective equipment
New financial disclosure shows Sen. Kelly Loeffler invested in firm that makes personal protective equipment

A financial disclosure filed Tuesday shows that from mid-February to mid-March, Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and her husband, New York Stock Exchange Chairman Jeff Sprecher, invested in DuPont, a company that makes personal protective equipment used by first responders fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Loeffler, worth an estimated $500 million, came under fire last month when it was discovered that she dumped millions in stock after receiving private briefings on the coronavirus pandemic and before she publicly downplayed the threat from the virus; 15 of the stocks had, on average, lost more than a third of their value by late March. Loeffler has...

If You Have Coronavirus Symptoms, Assume You Have the Illness, Even if You Test Negative
If You Have Coronavirus Symptoms, Assume You Have the Illness, Even if You Test Negative

You had some exposures that may put you at risk for coronavirus. A few days later you come down with a bad cough yourself and feel a little short of breath and really tired. You take your temperature: 101 degrees. A fever.You suspect you might have COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The days roll into each other and your doctor urges you to stay home unless your condition worsens. You feel pretty bad, though, and finally get an appointment.They test you for influenza by sticking a swab far up your nose and you are told the test came back negative, you don't have flu. They tell you they are saving the COVID-19 tests for those who are even worse off than you are. You go...

Trump rejects reopening ObamaCare enrollment as millions lose jobs during pandemic
Trump rejects reopening ObamaCare enrollment as millions lose jobs during pandemic

A lot of countries around the world are grappling with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. has a special challenge, though: Unlike most developed nations, health insurance is mostly tied to jobs. As millions of Americans suddenly lose their employment, several Democratic-leaning states have reopened their Affordable Care Act marketplaces to let people affected by the pandemic sign up for health coverage. Health insurers expected a similar announcement Friday from the Trump administration, which oversees ACA enrollment in about two-thirds of states, Politico reports, but the White House had rejected the proposal.A White House official told Politico Tuesday evening that after...

North Korea fires two
North Korea fires two 'ballistic missiles' into sea: Seoul

North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Sunday, the fourth such launch this month as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic. Two projectiles were fired eastwards from the port city of Wonsan and flew 230 kilometres (143 miles) into the Sea of Japan -- also known as the East Sea -- at a maximum altitude of 30 kilometres, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. "Such military action by North Korea is an extremely inappropriate act when the entire world is having difficulties due to the COVID-19 outbreak," they added.

CEO of bailed-out United Airlines thanks America for
CEO of bailed-out United Airlines thanks America for 'vital public assistance' and pledges aircraft to deliver medical supplies throughout the world

United CEO Oscar Munoz pledged several cargo flights to deliver critical medical supplies in the US and abroad at least 40 times per week.

Trump tells governors he is setting new coronavirus social distancing guidelines
Trump tells governors he is setting new coronavirus social distancing guidelines

Trump said in a letter that new testing abilities would allow his administration to identify "high-risk, medium-risk and low-risk" counties.

Police raid home of former Ohio councilman accused in sex trafficking ring
Police raid home of former Ohio councilman accused in sex trafficking ring

Michael Mearan, a defense attorney, has been accused of being a prolific sex trafficker in Portsmouth, Ohio. He has not been charged.

China Supplied Faulty Coronavirus Test Kits to Spain, Czech Republic
China Supplied Faulty Coronavirus Test Kits to Spain, Czech Republic

The majority of rapid test coronavirus test kits supplied by China to Spain and the Czech Republic are faulty, local news outlets reported.Up to 80 percent of the 150,000 portable, quick coronavirus test kits China delivered to the Czech Republic earlier this month were faulty, according to local Czech news site Expats.cz. The tests can produce a result in 10 or 15 minutes but are usually less accurate than other tests. Because of the high error rate, the country will continue to rely on conventional laboratory tests, of which they perform about 900 a day.The country's Health Ministry paid $546,000 for 100,000 of the test kits, while the Interior Ministry paid for the other 50,000.Deputy...

Nurse dies in New York hospital where workers are reduced to using trash bags as protective medical gear
Nurse dies in New York hospital where workers are reduced to using trash bags as protective medical gear

New York City has been overburdened with coronavirus cases, and healthcare workers face shortages of personal protective equipment to treat patients.

Trump Fansite The Federalist Hits New Low: Telling People to Get Infected With Coronavirus
Trump Fansite The Federalist Hits New Low: Telling People to Get Infected With Coronavirus

Conservative website The Federalist has positioned itself in the coronavirus era as the right's leading voice of COVID-19 skepticism, with its writers seemingly on a reckless campaign across the internet and television to downplay the pandemic's potential impact and lethality. The right-wing outlet's coronavirus coverage hit an astonishing low on Wednesday when Twitter temporarily locked The Federalist's account after it posted an article by a self-described dermatologist proposing that people deliberately infect themselves with the virus. In his article, titled "How Medical 'Chickenpox Parties' Could Turn The Tide Of The Wuhan Virus," Douglas Perednia made a bizarre push for getting...

California scrambles to avoid Covid-19
California scrambles to avoid Covid-19's worst-case scenario: 'It will take a heroic effort'

State has more than 2,500 cases and faces a shortage of protective equipment and hospital beds * Coronavirus - latest US updates * Coronavirus - latest global updates * See all our coronavirus coverageLeaders in California are scrambling to prepare the state amid a shortage of hospital beds, limited access to masks and ventilators and a patchwork approach to testing, as a surge of cases in New York provides a warning of how quickly the coronavirus crisis could spiral out of control.The number of cases in New York state had soared by Tuesday morning, with 25,665 confirmed infected and 210 deaths. "We are now, in New York City, the epicenter of this crisis in the United States of...

United Airlines reinstates some international flights to help displaced customers get home
United Airlines reinstates some international flights to help displaced customers get home

United Airlines is temporarily reinstating flights between Newark, Washington and San Francisco and Asia, Europe, Israel, Australia and Brazil.

Read the letter Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just sent to employees about the coronavirus:
Read the letter Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just sent to employees about the coronavirus: 'Things are going to get worse before they get better'

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sent a letter to employees addressing concerns about the coronavirus and outlining how the firm is protecting workers.

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Brazil's Sao Paulo to get two-week coronavirus shutdown, Bolsonaro blasts 'hysteria'

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's largest state Sao Paulo will essentially shut down for two weeks to help fight the coronavirus, its governor said on Saturday, as President Jair Bolsonaro again claimed that "hysteria" over the outbreak could cause more harm than the virus itself. Sao Paulo state Governor Joao Doria said a statewide quarantine order would take effect on Tuesday and last through April 7. All but non-essential businesses and services, including bars and restaurants, will remain closed across the country's most populous state, which includes its financial hub, for the duration.

Senate adjourns before voting on coronavirus stimulus package
Senate adjourns before voting on coronavirus stimulus package

The final legislation is expected to cost upwards of $1 trillion.

Biden says Sanders
Biden says Sanders' supporters have 'shifted the fundamental conversation in this country'

Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a message on Tuesday night to supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), following his wins in the Florida and Illinois Democratic presidential primaries.Biden spoke from his home in Delaware, with the address streamed online. He first discussed the coronavirus pandemic, and said tackling it is "a national emergency akin to fighting a war. It's going to require leadership and cooperation from every level of government and it's going to require us to move thoughtfully and decisively to quickly address both the public health crisis as well as the economic crisis. It's going to require us to pay attention to the medical and scientific and health...

Biden decisively won the Florida Democratic primary, see full results here
Biden decisively won the Florida Democratic primary, see full results here

Former Vice President Joe Biden continued his streak of dominant performances in the South with a sweeping Florida Democratic primary victory.

Photos show what San Francisco looked like the day before residents were ordered to
Photos show what San Francisco looked like the day before residents were ordered to 'shelter in place' for 3 weeks to contain the coronavirus

Hours before the order went into effect, some restaurants and bars were already closed, and people lined up just to get into grocery stores.

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Pakistan can't afford to shutter cities to prevent virus: PM Imran Khan

Pakistan cannot afford to implement the type of large-scale urban lockdowns the West is undertaking as it tries to slow the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday. The United States and many other nations have either mandated or recommended the closure of restaurants and other businesses as a way of stopping people from passing the virus on. In Pakistan, home to megacities such as Karachi with millions of people living in close proximity, Khan said such a move was considered early on but officials feared it would devastate the country's fragile economy.

'People coughing all over each other': US Navy sailors are reportedly being packed into close quarters aboard ships, despite coronavirus worries

"Given the space that we have on the barge, I'm not sure we could have people sit six feet apart," a US Navy sailor reportedly said.

Chronically ill and disabled influencers vulnerable to the coronavirus are spreading awareness of why social distancing is so important
Chronically ill and disabled influencers vulnerable to the coronavirus are spreading awareness of why social distancing is so important

Keeping a safe distance, washing hands often, and staying in if you have any symptoms could save the life of someone more vulnerable.

Op-Ed:  Can Biden beat Trump? Michigan
Op-Ed: Can Biden beat Trump? Michigan's swing districts offer good clues

Biden won the Michigan primary with a big turnout, including in districts that went heavily for Donald Trump in 2016.

'Try getting it yourselves': Trump told governors they're responsible for getting their own medical equipment to treat coronavirus patients

Trump's directive reportedly took some of the governors by surprise given that states are already working overtime to contain the spread of the virus.

To bet or not to bet? Casinos, gamblers weigh virus concerns
To bet or not to bet? Casinos, gamblers weigh virus concerns

Gamblers and vacationers who had planned to visit U.S. casinos expressed a mixture of disappointment and relief over a wave of closings in at least 15 states as officials worked on slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Sherry Giordano, an Atlantic City casino regular from Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, has a trip booked for this weekend that will be canceled. "Atlantic City is very important to me and my husband," she said.

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Congress' coronavirus relief bill still doesn't actually guarantee paid sick leave for most American workers

Large companies with 500 or more workers are exempt from complying with the Families First legislation. So are many small businesses.

Biden touts deportations freeze; Sanders calls for ending ICE raids
Biden touts deportations freeze; Sanders calls for ending ICE raids

The two Democratic presidential hopefuls drew sharp contrast with President Trump's stringent immigration policies.

COVID-19 not transmitted from pregnant mothers to newborns suggest recent case studies
COVID-19 not transmitted from pregnant mothers to newborns suggest recent case studies

Chinese scientists have found that the coronavirus disease COVID-19 does not appear to be transmitted from pregnant mothers to newborns at birth. Researchers at Huazhong University of Science and Technology studied four women who gave birth at Union Hospital in Wuhan, Hubei Province, while infected with COVID-19. All of the babies were isolated in neonatal intensive care units and fed formula after they were born.

Airlines have been flying over the Pacific Ocean since the 1930s - here
Airlines have been flying over the Pacific Ocean since the 1930s - here's how the practice evolved over the years

The vast Pacific Ocean has always proved difficult for flying but airlines have been successfully navigating the waters for decades.

U.K. Says Virus Strategy Working as New Restrictions Readied

(Bloomberg) -- Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the U.K.'s coronavirus strategy has been effective in slowing down the spread of the disease as the government prepares to impose further restrictions on everyday activities.People over the age of 70 will be asked to stay home in "the coming weeks," Hancock

Democratic debate between Biden and Sanders: Everything you need to know
Democratic debate between Biden and Sanders: Everything you need to know

The first one-on-one face off in the presidential primary, which once featured more than 20 candidates.

Britain set to isolate over-70s as coronavirus deaths rise to 35
Britain set to isolate over-70s as coronavirus deaths rise to 35

Britain will isolate older people "within weeks" and force into quarantine anyone diagnosed with coronavirus, the government said as it stepped up measures that have so far been less stringent than elsewhere in Europe. The British Heath Secretary Matt Hancock said people aged over 70 would be shielded from the virus by self-isolating for up to four months, with an announcement "in the coming weeks". Britain has taken a distinctly different approach to tackling coronavirus from European countries such as Italy, Spain and France which have imposed stringent lockdowns to try to slow the spread of the disease.

Venezuela to Cancel More Flights, Announce Quarantine on Sunday

(Bloomberg) -- Venezuela will temporarily suspend flights from Panama and the Dominican Republic, essentially cutting off the nation from most of the world, Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said Saturday.Flights from Europe and neighboring Colombia were already suspended earlier this week, narrowing

White House will extend Europe travel ban to Ireland, U.K., considering domestic restrictions
White House will extend Europe travel ban to Ireland, U.K., considering domestic restrictions

President Trump on Saturday said during a press briefing that he's considering barring travel from certain places within the United States.The president didn't go into much detail about what places might be affected, but he said the White House is "working with states" to determine the best path forward. Regardless, he advised Americans not to travel if they "don't have to" because "we want this thing to end."> JUST IN: Pres. Trump says he is considering domestic travel restrictions "specifically from certain areas," after Pentagon restricted service members' domestic travel.> > "If you don't have to travel I wouldn't do it... we want...

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Trump's State of Emergency Is an Admission of Failure by the U.S. Government

To many experts, Trump's declaration of a national emergency is a tacit admission of failure

'Hard to comprehend': Sanders' loss in Michigan crushes staff and supporters

Many remain optimistic, saying that the campaign is more than 'one election, one primary, one president'In the days leading up to a must-win Tuesday Michigan primary, Bernie Sanders criss-crossed the state, firing up thousands of supporters and taking the stage with star surrogates in a bid to repeat his momentum-shifting 2016 upset of Hillary Clinton.As the polls closed, it seemed to some that a surprise win might not be out of the question. But not for long.The crushing reality of defeat hit the Michigan Sanders campaign staff at a downtown Detroit watch party by 9pm. News outlets called the race for Joe Biden, all but sealing the former vice-president's nomination and Sanders' now...

Why Bernie Sanders lost Michigan - and what it means for his campaign
Why Bernie Sanders lost Michigan - and what it means for his campaign

Sanders was not saved by younger voters or his firewall of blue-collar voters. Perhaps because young people tweet while old people vote * Follow the latest US election news liveWith the Democratic primaries down to two real candidates, only one state really mattered on mini-Super Tuesday: Michigan. Bernie Sanders has staked his electability on his alleged unique ability to win swing states like Michigan, the so-called "rust belt" states that had fallen to Donald Trump in 2016. In fact, some of the most questionable decisions of his 2020 campaign - doing a Fox News Town Hall and touting a controversial endorsement by Joe Rogan - were based on the rationale that Sanders alone could win...

China eases curbs as coronavirus infections retreat, imported cases tick up
China eases curbs as coronavirus infections retreat, imported cases tick up

More places in China lowered emergency response levels to the coronavirus epidemic and relaxed travel restrictions a day after President Xi Jinping visited the epicenter of the outbreak, signaling authorities were turning the tide. Total infections in mainland China stood at 80,778 with 24 new cases by Tuesday, while 22 more deaths took the toll to 3,158, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday. Home to 11 million people, the provincial capital of Hubei province was placed in lockdown in late January.


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